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Some things from the weekend ~ 18-02-13

Wigan, Oldham, Yeovil, Carlisle

icon weekendWigan end 26-year FA Cup wait
Wigan Athletic reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for only the second time in their history with a 4-1 win at Huddersfield Town on Sunday. The Latics had not even got beyond the fourth round since losing 2-0 to Leeds United in the quarter-finals in 1987, when they were a Third Division club. The game was Mark Robins's first game in charge of Huddersfield but in the end their Premier League opponents were too strong. Wigan will now face either Oldham or Everton.

Shirt shortage at Oldham
If Oldham do make it through to host Wigan, their players may find themselves having to turn out without shirts. Before their tie against Everton on Saturday the Oldham players were instructed not to swap jerseys at the end of the match "due to a severe shortage of first-team home shirts". Perhaps the players should get themselves down to the club shop – the shirts are only £25 each and they could pick up a "Jose Baxter Baby" T-shirt while they are there.

Yeovil breaking records
Yeovil Town moved second in League One with a 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe United. It was their eighth league win in a row, setting a new record of consecutive victories for the Huish Park club. Meanwhile striker Paddy Madden made it ten goals from seven games, equalling a 50-year-old record. The Glovers are now only one point behind league-leaders Bournemouth (who were the last team to beat Yeovil) and they face fourth-place Doncaster Rovers and fifth-place Tranmere in the next three games.

Carlisle charged for parking coach
Having completed the 350-mile, five-and-a-half-hour trip to Portsmouth, the Carlisle team were told they must pay £20 to leave their coach in their host's car park. Times are notoriously tough at Portsmouth and the administrators of the Fratton Park parking facility insisted on the charge. Carlisle manager Greg Abbott complained about the situation on Sky Sports News after his team earned a 1-1 draw but praised the opposition players. "Their players are playing for these fans and you are always up against it," he said. "It is a sob story for Portsmouth and they are playing in sort of emotion country at the moment and I think that has probably got them the point."

Spennymoor and Darlington draw the crowds
A crowd of 2,670, the largest Northern League attendance since the 1950s, watched Darlington 1883 beat Spennymoor 3-1 on Friday night. The match, at Brewery Field, was between first and second in the table and it took two goals in the last 15 minutes from Darlington's David Dowson and Adam Nicholls to settle the game. The result leaves Darlington 18 points clear at the top but Spennymoor still have seven games in hand on them.

Comment on 18-02-2013 13:10:31 by ingoldale #763740
Spennymoor v Darlington. Brilliant.
Comment on 18-02-2013 13:43:01 by Arthur Nibble #763751
Cracking run down the right wing to set up Darlo's third goal. Probably worth the admission price on its own.
Comment on 19-02-2013 15:24:54 by geobra #764349
In Italy the saga of Cagliari's controversial new stadium took a new twist at the weekend. While the team were winning 2-0 in Pescara, club owner Massimo Cellino and the mayor of Quartù Sant' Elena were in jail accused of using public funds earmarked for other purposes to build the stadium. Embezzlement, in other words. In theory it is difficult to see now how Cagliari can play another game in the stadium in the near future.

The four teams involved in Europe during the week picked up just one point, Napoli's 0-0 home draw with Sampdoria. The old canard of tiredness after European exertions was brought out to explain Juve's lacklustre display in losing 1-0 away to Roma and surprisingly heavy defeats for Inter (4-1 away to Fiorentina) and Lazio (3-0 at Siena on Monday night). This latter game, and the way the goals were conceded, should have some heads wagging, especially as it's rumoured that there was a huge bust-up in the Lazio dressing room after the game, with some players accused of not trying.

Perhaps Italy should take note of the 33 life suspensions handed out in China. By not cracking down on those involved in the recent scandals, they are increasing the doubts that form in the minds of fans every time something 'strange' happens.

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